Supreme Court Halts New Mexico $5m Seasonal Labor Program
New Mexico’s red chile harvest might become a casualty of a recent Supreme Court ruling that halted Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s ability to spend federal money without the Legislature. KVIA is reporting Lujan Grisham announced a $5 million program in August that chipped in taxpayer money to help recruit and retain seasonal laborers. The governor announced just a couple of weeks ago she would extend the first-come, first-serve program to help farmers find enough workers to handle the red chile season this winter. But the governor’s unilateral use of federal American Rescue Plan Act money came under fire by legislators. They sued in September. Last month, Supreme Court justices ruled in the Legislature’s favor, requiring an immediate halt to governor’s spending.